EC2205 ELECTRONIC CIRCUITS Two Marks With Answers

Anna University, Chennai





The aim of this course is to familiarize the student with the analysis and design of basic transistor Amplifier circuits and power supplies.


On completion of this course the student will understand

The methods of biasing transistors

Design of simple amplifier circuits

Midband analysis of amplifier circuits using small - signal equivalent circuits to determine gain input impedance and output impedance

Method of calculating cutoff frequencies and to determine bandwidth

Design of power amplifiers

Analysis and design of power supplies.


BJT – Need for biasing – Stability factor - Fixed bias circuit, Load line and quiescent point. Variation of quiescent point due to hFE variation within manufacturers tolerance - Stability factors - Different types of biasing circuits - Method of stabilizing the Q point - Advantage of Self bias (voltage divider bias) over other types of biasing, Bias compensation – Diode, Thermister and Sensistor compensations, Biasing the FET and MOSFET.


CE, CB and CC amplifiers - Method of drawing small-signal equivalent circuit - Midband analysis of various types of single stage amplifiers to obtain gain, input impedance and output impedance - Miller’s theorem - Comparison of CB, CE and CC amplifiers and their uses - Methods of increasing input impedance using Darlington connection and bootstrapping - CS, CG and CD (FET) amplifiers - Multistage amplifiers.

Basic emitter coupled differential amplifier circuit - Bisection theorem. Differential gain – CMRR - Use of constant current circuit to improve CMRR - Derivation of transfer characteristic.


General shape of frequency response of amplifiers - Definition of cutoff frequencies and bandwidth - Low frequency analysis of amplifiers to obtain lower cutoff frequency Hybrid –equivalent circuit of BJTs - High frequency analysis of BJT amplifiers to obtain upper cutoff frequency – Gain Bandwidth Product - High frequency equivalent circuit of FETs - High frequency analysis of FET amplifiers - Gain-bandwidth product of FETs - General expression for frequency response of multistage amplifiers - Calculation of overall upper and lower cutoff frequencies of multistage amplifiers - Amplifier rise time and sag and their relation to cutoff frequencies.


Classification of amplifiers, Class A large signal amplifiers, second harmonic distortion, higher order harmonic distortion, transformer-coupled class A audio power amplifier – efficiency of Class A amplifiers. Class B amplifier – efficiency

- push-pull amplifier - distortion in amplifiers - complementary-symmetry

(Class B) push-pull amplifier, Class C, Class D amplifier – Class S amplifier –

MOSFET power amplifier, Thermal stability and heat sink.


Classification of power supplies, Rectifiers - Half-wave, full-wave and bridge rectifiers with resistive load. Analysis for Vdc and ripple voltage with C, L, LC

and CLC filters. Voltage multipliers, Voltage regulators - Zener diode regulator, principles of obtaining a regulated power supply, regulator with current

limiting, Over voltage protection, Switched mode power supply (SMPS), Power control using SCR.



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Two Marks Q&A


1. What are the transistor parameters that vary with the temperature?

,ICO,VBeo are the parameters varying with the temperature.

2. What is Bias? What is the need for biasing?

The proper flow of zero signal collector current and the maintenance of proper collector emitter voltage during the passage of signal is know as

transistor biasing.

When a transistor is biased properly, it works efficiently and produces no distortion in the output signal and thus operating point can be maintained stable.

3. What do you understand by DC & AC load line?

DC Load Line

It is the line on the output characteristics of a transistor circuit which gives the values of Ic & Vce corresponding to zero signal (or) DC Conditions.

AC Load Line

This is the line on the output characteristics of a transistor circuit which gives the values of Ic & Vce when signal is applied.

4. What is the meant by operating point Q?

The zero signal values of Ic & Vce are known as operating point. It is also called so because the variations of Ic and Vce take place about this point, when the signal is applied.

5. What are the types of biasing?

The different types of biasing are

(i) Fixed bias

(ii) Collector to Base bias (or) Feedback bias

(iii)Self bias (or) Voltage divider bias

6. What are all the factors that affect the stability of the operating point?

The following are the factors that affect the stability of the operating point,

a. Change of due to replacement of transistors.

b.Thermal variations

7. Define stability factor ‘S’?

The stability factor is defined as the rate of change of collector current Ic with respect to the reverse saturation collector current Ico, keeping ‘Vbe’ and ‘ ’ constant.

8. What are the disadvantages of collector feedback bias?

The disadvantages of feedback bias are a. The collector current is high.

b. If AC signal voltage gain feedback into the resistor Re, it will reduce the gain of the amplifier.

9. Why voltage divider bias is commonly used in amplifier circuit?

The voltage divider bias has the following advantages

a. the operating point will be in stable position. b. The stability will be considerably improved.

c. Ic can be reduced to the collector leakage current ICO.

10.Define the stability factors S’ and S’’ ?

The Stability factor S’ is defined as the rate of change of Ic with VBE

keeping ICO and constant.

The Stability factor S’’ is defined as the rate of change of Ic with

keeping VBE and ICO constant.

11.Give the stability factor S for the fixed bias circuit.

The stability factor for the fixed bias circuit is,

12.Give the stability factor S for the Collector to base bias circuit.

The stability factor for the Collector to base bias circuit is,

13.Give the stability factor S for the Voltage divider bias circuit.

The stability factor for the Voltage divider bias circuit is,

14. Why fixed bias circuit is not used in practice?

The stability of the fixed bias circuit is very less. Since the stability factor

S = 1+ , is a large quantity, therefore stability is less. So, it is not used in amplifier circuits.

15. What are all the compensation techniques used for bias stability?

Along with the negative feedback, the following techniques are used for the Q point stability.

a. Diode compensation,

b. Thermistor compensation, c. Sensistor compensation.

16.Why the input impedance of FET is more than that of a BJT?

The input impendence of FET is more than that of a BJT because the input circuit of FET is reverse biased whereas the input circuit of BJT is forward biased.

17.How FET is known as Voltage variable resistor?

In the region before pinch off, where VDS si small, the drain to source resistance rd can be controlled by the bias voltage VGS. Therefore FET is useful as voltage variable resistor (VVR) or Voltage dependent Resistor (VDR)

18.List the advantages of Fixed bias method?

The advantages of fixed bias method are,

a. The stability of the operating point is greatly improved when compared with the other circuits.

b. Less cost and simple circuit.

19.How self-bias circuit is used as constant current source?

In the self bias circuit if Ic tends to increase because of ICO has increasing as a result of temperature, the current in RE increases. As a consequences of the increase in voltage drop across RE that provides negative feedback, the base current is decreased. Hence constant IC

value is maintained in the self bias circuit

20.What is Thermal runaway?

The continuous increase in collector current due to poor biasing cause the temperature at collector terminal to increase. If no stabilization is

done, the collector leakage current also increases. This further increases the temperature. This action becomes cumulative and ultimately the transistor burns out. The self destruction of an unstabilised transistor is known as thermal runaway.

21. What are the consideration factors that are used for the selection of an operating point for an FET amplifier?

The consideration factors are,

a. Output voltage swing, b. Distortion,

c. Power dissipation, d. Voltage gain,

e. Drift (or) Drain current.

22.Write the different types of FET biasing circuits.

The FET biasing circuits are classified as, a. Gate bias,

b. Self bias

c. Voltage divider bias, d. Current source bias

e. Drain feedback bias f. Zero bias.

23. What is meant by stabilization?

The maintenance of the operating point fixed stable is known as stabilization.



1. What is an amplifier?

An amplifier is a circuit, which can be used to increase the amplitude of the input current or voltage at the output by means of energy drawn

from an external source.

2. Based on the transistor configuration how amplifiers are classified.

Based on transistor configuration, the amplifier are classified as a. Common Emitter amplifier

b. Common Collector amplifier c. Common Base amplifier

3. Draw a CE amplifier & its hybrid equivalent circuit.

4. Draw a CC amplifier & its hybrid equivalent circuit

5. Draw a CB amplifier & its hybrid equivalent circuit

6. Write the Hybrid parameters equation for transistor amplifier?

Vi = hi Ii + hrVo

Io = hf Ii + hoVo

7. Write the CE amplifier Current gain, Voltage gain, Input Impedance, Output Impedance in terms of h-parameters.

Current gainAi = -hfe Voltage gainAv = ( - hfeRL)/hie Input Impedance Zi = hie

Output Impedance Zo = ( hfe+Rs)/(hoeRs + h)

. Write the current amplification factors of the three transistor amplifier configurations.

In a transistor amplifier with AC input signal, the ratio of change in output current to the change in input current is known as the current amplification factor.

9. Which amplifier is called as voltage follower? Why?

The common collector transistor amplifier configuration is called as voltage follower. Since it has unity voltage gain and because of its very high input impedance. It doesn’t draw any input current from the

signal. So, the input signal is coupled to the output circuit without making any distortion.

10.Why hybrid parameters are called so? Define them?

The dimensions of the hybrid parameters are not alike, that is they are hybrid in nature so they are called hybrid parameters.

h11 = [ V1/I1] at V2=0;h11 = Input impedance with output port

short circuited.

h12 = [ V1/V2] at I1=0;h12 = Reverse voltage gain with input port open circuited.

h21 = [ I2/I1] at V2=0;h11 = Forward current gain with output port short circuited.

h22 = [ I2/V2] at I1=0;h11 = output impedance with input port open circuited.

11.What are the salient features of hybrid parameters?

The salient features of hybrid parameters are, a. h parameters are real numbers,

b. They are easy to measure.

c. They are convenient to use in circuit analysis and design d. Easily convertible from one configuration to other

e. Readily supplied by manufactures.

12. Write the input impedance, output impedance, voltage gain and current gain of the common emitter amplifier in terms of h parameters for the fixed bias condition?

Current gainAi = -hfe Voltage gainAv = (hfeRC)/hie Input Impedance Zi = hie Output Impedance Zo = RL ||RC

13. Define Miller effect in input capacitance?

For any inverting amplifier, the input capacitance will be increased by a miller effect capacitance, sensitive to the gain of the amplifier and

the inter electrode capacitance connected between the input and output terminals of the active device.

CMi = (1-Av)Cf ; CMo=Cf

Cf = Inter electrode capacitance between input and output.

14.What is a Darlington connection in the amplifiers?

A Darlington transistor connection provides a transistor having a very large current gain, typically a few thousand. The main features of the Darlington connection is that the composite transistor acts as a

single unit with a current gain, that is the product of current gains of the individual transistors.

D= 1 2

D = Darlington connection current gain

1 and 2 – Current gain of the transistors 1 & 2 in the Darlington pair

15.Explain Miller’s theorem.

16.Draw the darlington connections using similar transistors

17.Draw the Darlington connection using complementary transistors.

18.What does bootstrapping mean?

In Darlington transistor pair circuits, the input impedance is reduced because of the biasing resistors in the circuit. To overcome this, decrease in the input resistance due to the biasing network, a small

capacitor and resistance R3 are added in the circuit. This improved the input impedance of the darlington pair circuit.

C is added at the input side and R3 is connected between output

and input circuits.

Reff = Effective input resistance. Reff = R3/(1-Av)

Reff = Large value

Av= Voltage gain.

19.Why we go for differential amplifier? (or) What is the need of differential amplifier?

The need for differential amplifier arises in many physical

measurements, in medical electronics and in direct coupled amplifier applications. In this amplifier, there will be no output voltage resulting from thermal drifts or any other changes provided, changes in both halves of the circuits are equal.

20.Define Common Mode Rejection Ratio CMRR?

Common Mode Rejection Ratio is the figure of merit of a differential amplifier and is given by,

21. What are the advantages of differential amplifier?

The advantages of differential amplifier are, a. Very stable

b. Low noise, low drift,

c. Variations in supply voltage, temperature etc., will not change the gain of the amplitude.

d. Does not require any coupling capacitor. e. Frequency response is better.

22.What are the applications of a differential amplifier?

The applications of a differential amplifier are, a. To measure many physical quantities,

b. Can be used as a direct coupled amplifier, c. Used in operational amplifier.

23.What does bootstrapping technique mean?

If one end of the resistor changes in voltage, the other end of the resistor also moves through the same change in voltage. This technique is known as bootstrapping. It is used to increase the input impedance of the darlington pair circuits.

24.What are the limitations of h parameters?

The h parameters has the following limitations,

a. The accurate calculation of h parameters is difficult.

b. A transistor behaves as a two port network for small signals only, hence h parameters can be used to analyze only the small signal amplifiers.

25.What is meant by unity gain frequency?

The frequency at which the gain approaches unity is known as unity gain frequency.

26. Define dynamic range of an amplifier?

Dynamic range of an amplifier is defined as the range over which an active electronic device can produce a suitable output signal in response to an input signal.

27.What is a differential amplifier?

An amplifier that has two inputs and produces an output signal that is a function of the difference between the two given inputs is called

differential amplifier.

28.Why transformer coupling is not used in the initial stages of a multistage amplifier?

The transformer-coupled amplifiers are not used in the initial stages of a multistage amplifier because it produces unwanted noise. Once these signals are amplified, it cannot be eliminated by the other

stages hence the amplifier performance is deteriorates.

29.Write the need for constant current source for difference amplifier?

The necessary for constant current source for differential amplifier to increase the common mode rejection ratio without changing the quiescent current and without lowering the forward current gain.

30. Why constant current source biasing is preferred for differential amplifier?

The constant current source biasing is preferred for differential amplifier in order to increase the input resistance and to make the

common mode gain is zero.

31. What is Common mode voltage swing?

The common mode voltage swing is defined as the maximum peak input voltage which may be applied to either the input terminal without causing abnormal operation or damage. Typically with power supplies of +6v or –6V, the common mode voltage swing should not exceed +2v

32.Why Re is replaced by a constant current bias in a differential amplifier?

The emitter supply VBE used for biasing purpose must become larger as Re is increased in order to maintain the quiescent current at its proper value. If the operating currents of the transistors are allowed to

decrease, this will lead to higher hie values and will tend to decrease

CMRR. To overcome this practical limitations RE is replaced by a constant current bias.

33.What is the input impedance of differential amplifier with RE at its emitter junction?

The input impedance of a differential amplifier RL at its emitter junction isRL= 2hie+(1+hfe)RE

34. What are the special features of a difference amplifier that used FETs?

The special features of difference amplifier using FET are, a. Very high input impedance.

b. The common mode rejection ability is increased which makes the common gain almost zero.

35. State the various methods of improving CMRR?

The methods of improve CMRR are, a. Constant current bias method

b. Use of current mirror circuit c. Use of active load

36.Write the two types linear differential amplifiers?

The linear differential amplifiers are classified as, a. Inverting amplifier.

b. Non Inverting amplifier

37.Write the gain equation of inverting amplifier?

The gain equation of inverting amplifier is, Avf = Vo/Vin = -(Rf/Ri)

Avf= Gain with feedback

Rf = Feedback path resistor

Ri = Input resistor.

38.Write the configuration of differential amplifier?

The differential amplifier has the following configurations, a. Dual input, balanced output differential amplifier,

b. Dual input, Unbalanced output differential amplifier, c. Single input, balanced output differential amplifier,

d. Single input, unbalanced output differential amplifier,

39.What do you mean by bisected network?

Consider of a particular network, which has mirror symmetry with respect to an imaginary line. If the entire network is denoted as N, then it can be divided into two half networks N/2 about the line of symmetry as shown below.

The two half networks can be connected using any number of wires but the wires are not crossing. This type of network is known as bisected network.

40.Give the condition for analyzing the simplified Hybrid model of the transistor amplifier?

The following condition should be satisfied for analyzing the simplified hybrid model of transistor amplifier.



1. Define the frequency response of Amplifier?

The frequency response of an amplifier can be defined as the variation of output of quantity with respect to input signal frequency. In

otherwise it can be defined as a graph drawn between the input frequency and the gain of an amplifier.

2. Define lower & upper cut off frequencies of an amplifier.

Lower cut-off frequency

The frequency (on lower side) at which the voltage gain of the amplifier is exactly 70.0% of the maximum gain is known as lower cut

off frequency.

Upper cut-off frequency

The frequency (on higher side) at which the voltage gain of the amplifier is exactly 70.0% of the maximum gain is known as upper cut off frequency.

3. Define bandwidth?

The range of frequencies occupied by the signal is known as its bandwidth.

4. State the reason for fall in gain at low frequencies.

The coupling capacitance has very high reactance at low frequency. Therefore it will allow only a small part of signal from one stage to next stage and in addition to that the bypass capacitor cannot bypass or shunt the emitter resistor effectively. As a result of these factors, the voltage gain rolls of at low frequency.

5. State the reason for fall in gain at higher frequencies?

At high frequency the reactance of coupling capacitor is very low. Therefore it behaves like a short circuit. As a result of this the loading effect of the next stage increase which reduces the voltage gain. Hence the voltage gain rolls off at high frequencies.

6. Why the electrolytic capacitor is not used for coupling?

Electrolytic capacitor is a polarized capacitor. So it cannot be used for coupling and also in electrolytic capacitor, the dielectric is not an

insulating material but it conducting material which will change the capacitance effect.

7. Write a note on effects of coupling capacitor.

a. The coupling capacitor Co transmits AC Signal. But blocks Dc. This prevents DC interferences between various stages and the shifting of operating point.

b. It prevents the loading effect between adjacent stages.

8. Draw the low frequency simplified h-parameter model of an amplifier with a unbypassed emitter resistor.

9. Draw the hybrid- model of a transistor in the CE configuration (high frequency model).

10.Why an NPN transistor has a better high frequency response than the

PNP transistor?

An NPN transistor has a better frequency response than the PNP transistor because the mobility of electron is more and capacitive effect is less.

11.Write an expression for the bandwidth of multistage amplifier.

The bandwidth of multistage amplifier is f2 – f1 = fo (21/n-1)

12.What is the significance of gain bandwidth product?

It is very helpful in the preliminary design of a multistage wideband amplifier. This can be used to setup a tentative circuit, which is often used for this purpose.

13.Why is the gain bandwidth product a constant?

It is defined as the magnitudes of the product of the mid band gain which is a constant and the bandwidth, which is also a constant. Hence the product of two constants should also be a constant.

14. Why N-channel FET’s have a better response than P-channel FET’s?

N-channel FET have a better high frequency response than P- channel FET due to the following reason.

a. Mobility of electrons is large in N-channel FET whereas the

mobility of holes is poor in P-channel FET.

b. The input noise is less in N-channel FET that that of the P-channel


c. The trans conductance is larger in N-channel FET that that of P- channel Fet.

15.Define f T and f .

Unity gain frequency (f T) or frequency parameter.

It is defined as the frequency at which the common emitter shirt circuit current gain has dropped to unity and is denoted by the symbol


Beta cut-off frequency (f )

It is defined as the high frequency at which -of a CE transistor drops to 0.707 or 3dB from its lower frequencies

16.What is the need for having a high value of fT?

Bandwidth of the amplifier is directly proportional to fT. hence tp have larger bandwidth, the value of fT should be high.

17.What is a cascade amplifier?

The cascade configuration is an amplifier stage composed of a direct coupled common emitter / common base combination. This offers the possibility of a very large bandwidth.

18.Write the relation between the bandwidth and rise time of an amplifiers?

BW=fH = 0.35/tr

19.Write the overall lower cut off frequency of multistage amplifier?

fL(n) = f L / ( (21/n-1))

Where f L(n) – lower 3 dB frequency of identical cascaded stages n - Number of stages

20. Write the overall higher cut off frequency of multistage amplifier?

FH(n) = f H ( (21/n-1))

Where f H(n) – lower 3 dB frequency of identical cascaded stages n - Number of stages

21.Write the relation between the sag and lower cut-off frequency.

The tilt of sag in time t1 is given by fL = pf / 100

p= Y of tilt

f= input signal frequency

22.For an amplifier, midband gain is 100 and lower cut off frequency is

1kHz. Find the gain of an amplifier at the frequency of 20Hz.

A = (Amid)/( (1+(f1/f2)2))

A = (100)/( (1+(1000/20)2)) = 2

23.Write the relation between the sag and lower cutoff frequency?

fH = 2.2 / (2 tr) = 0.35/tr

24. What is dominant network?

In high frequency analysis of an amplifier, the network having lower critical frequency is called dominant network.

25.What is the function of Miller input capacitance of an amplifier?

The Miller input capacitance of an amplifier is a function of Bypass capacitor.

26.What is the use of source bypass capacitor in CS amplifier?

Source bypass capacitor in CS amplifier is used for improving the voltage gain.

27.Give two advantages of common source FET amplifier?

a. Good voltage gain

b. High input impedance.

28.What are the advantages of representation of gain in decibels?

a. In multistage amplifier, it permits to add individual gains of the stages to calculate overall gain.

b. It allows us to denote, both very small as well as very large quantities of linear scale by considerably small figures.

29.What is the coupling methods used for coupling in multistage amplifiers?

The coupling methods used are, a. RC coupling

b. Transformer coupling c. Direct coupling


1. List out the classification of large signal amplifiers?

The large signal amplifiers are classified as follows. a. Based on the input

i. small signal amplifiers

ii. large signal amplifiers b. Based on the output

I. Voltage amplifier

II. Power amplifier

III. Current amplifier

c. Based on the transistor configuration

I. CE amplifier

II. CB amplifier

III. CC amplifier

d. Based on the number of stages

I. Single stage amplifier

II. Multistage amplifier e. Based on the Bandwidth

I. Untuned amplifier (wide band amplifier) II. Tuned amplifier (narrow band amplifier)

f. Based on the frequency response

I. AF (Audio frequency) amplifier

II. IF (Intermediate frequency) amplifier

III. RF (Radio Frequency) amplifier g. Based on the Biasing condition

I. Class A amplifier

II. Class B amplifier

III. Class C amplifier IV. Class AB amplifier V. Class D amplifier VI. Class S amplifier

2. How do you bias the class A operation?

In class A mode, the output current flows through out the entire period of input cycle and the Q point is chosen at the midpoint of AC load line and biased.

3. Which amplifier gives minimum distortion?

Class S amplifier gives minimum distortion.

4. Give the applications of class C power amplifier.

The applications of class C power amplifier are, a. Used in radio and TV transmitters.

b. Used to amplify the high frequency signals. c. Tuned amplifiers

5. Give the two draw backs of class C amplifier.

The drawbacks of class C amplifier are, a. Distortion is high.

b. Figure of merit is low.

6. Define the following modes of operation (a) Class AB (b) Class C. a. Clas=s AB

In this mode of operation, the output current flows for more

than one half cycle but less than full cycle. b. Class C

In this mode, the level current flows for less than one half cycled i.e., ¼ th of the input cycle.

7. Define Class B mode of operation and its advantages and disadvantages.

Class B mode of operation

The Biasing signal and input signal flow through the circuit for half cycle i.e., 180o.


a. Efficiency is increased from 25% to 78.5%

b. Due to push pull configuration all even harmonics are reduced. So harmonic distortions are reduced.

c. Due to centre-tapped transformer at input and output, the core

saturation loss is reduced. Disadvantages

a. Transistor is biased above the cut off region

b. Due to the centre-tapped transformer at both input and output, the circuit becomes complex

8. What is Class D amplifier?

In order to increase the conversion efficiency, it would be desirable to make the device to operate as a switch. So that its voltage drop remains almost at minimum value over the half cycle of output

current flow. Such a system is called class D amplifier.

9. Why RC coupling is popular?

RC coupling is popular because it is simple, less expensive, less distortion and it provides uniform bandwidth.


10.List the advantages of transformer coupled amplifier.

The advantages of transformer coupled amplifier are,

a. it is more efficient because the low DC resistance of the primary is connected to the collector circuit.

b. It provides excellence impedance matching, thus voltage and power gains are improved.

11.What is the use of transformer coupling in the output stage of multistage amplifier?

The transformer coupling provides impedance matching between input and output. As a result the power gain is improved.

12.State the reason for fall in gain at low frequencies in the RC coupled amplifier.

a. The coupling capacitance (input) has very reactance at low

frequency. Therefore it will allow only a small part signal from one stage to next stage.

b. The bypass capacitor cannot bypass or shunt the emitter resistor


As a result of these factors, the voltage gain rolls off at low frequency.

13.State the reason for fall in gain at high frequencies.

At high frequency, the reactance of coupling capacitor (output) is very low. Therefore it provides like a short circuit. As a result of this, the loading effect of the next stage increase which reduces the voltage gain. Hence the voltage gain falls off at high frequencies.

14.What is amplitude or non linear distortion?

In case of large signal amplifier, the input signals are large in amplitude. So the operation extends to non linear region of its transfers characteristics. Of the signal excursion enters the non-linear region then distortion occurs in the output. Such a distortion is called non-linear distortion.

15.Define figure of merit.

Figure of merit is defined as the ratio of maximum collector current dissipation power to the maximum AC power developed across the load.

16.Where S amplifiers are used?

The class S power amplifier can be used to amplify either the constant amplitude or varying amplitude signal such as FM or AM signal.

17. Define inter modulation distortion?

Inter modulation distortion is a type of non-linear distortion. Which generate frequency components not harmonically related to the signal frequencies. It occurs when the input signal contains more than the one frequency.

18.What is the use of heat sink?

The heat sink is used to observe the heat produce in the transistor junctions while its operation. Usually power amplifiers are provided with heat sinks. The heat sink is a large, black metallic heat-conducting

device placed in close contact with the transistor.

19.What is the maximum power dissipation hyperbola?

Maximum power dissipation hyperbola represents focus of all the points at which the collector dissipation is exactly Pc Max . The Q point must lie on or below the hyperbola for safe operation.

20. Define thermal resistance.

The resistance offered by the bipolar junction transistor to the flow of heat is called thermal resistance.

The thermal resistance Q = QjA = QjC+QCS+QSAo C/W

QjA = Total junction to ambient thermal resistance

QjC= Junction to case thermal resistance. QCS= Case to heat sink resistance.

QSA=Heat sink to ambient resistance.

21.Write the maximum power handling of the class C power amplifier?

The maximum power in class C power amplifier is, Pc max = 5/12 (T/To)(Vcc2/RL)

22.Write the advantages of heat sink?

The advantages of heat sink are,

a. The temperature of the case gets lowered.

b. The power handling capacity of the transistors can approach the rapid maximum value.

23.Write the derating factor expression of a power transistor?

Pd(T1) = Pd(To) – (T1 - To)

Where Pd(To) = Rated power handling capacity at To

Pd(T1) = Power handling capacity at T1

The derating factor is expressed in the units of watts / degree of temperature or milliwatts /degree of temperature.

24.What is meant by thermal analogy of power transistors?

The heat dissipation problem is very much analogous to a simple electric circuit and the ohm’s law. An electric current flows when there exists a potential difference while the heat flows when there exists a temperature difference (T2-T1).

25.Write the Thermal-electric analogy parameters.

The following are the thermal-electric analogy parameters.

Tj = Junction temperature

TC = Case temperature

TA = Ambient temperature

QjA = Total thermal resistance

QjC= Transistor thermal resistance. QCS= Insulator thermal resistance. QSA=Heat sink thermal resistance.


1. What is a power supply?

Equipment, which converts the alternating waveform from the power lines into an essentially direct voltage, is known as power supply.

2. What are all the subsystems in a power supply?

A power supply consists of following three subsystems. i. Rectifier.

ii. Filter

iii. Voltage regulator.

3. What is the function of rectifier?

Rectifier is capable of converting a sinusoidal input waveform. Its average value is zero, into a unidirectional waveform, with a non-zero average component.

4. What is rectifier?

Any electrical device which offers a low resistance to the current in one direction but a high resistance to the current in the opposite

direction is called a rectifier. The rectifying device is usually a semiconductor diode.

5. What is half – wave rectifier?

The rectifier circuit which converts only the positive half cycle of the AC input voltage input voltage into useful DC output voltage is known as half-wave rectifier.

6. Write down the average DC voltage across the load in a half-wave rectifier circuit.

The average DC voltage is given by,

Vdc = IdcRL = Vm/{ (1+Rf/RL)

Rf= Diode forward resistance

RL= Load resistance

Vm= Maximum amplitude or peak amplitude of the sinusoidal AC input voltage

7. Define ripple factor.

A measure of the purity of the DC output of a rectifier circuit is

called the ripple factor ‘r’ and is defined as,

r = RMS value of AC components of wave

Average value of wave

8. What is meant by peak inverse voltage?

The maximum reverse voltage capability of a diode is known as peak inverse voltage.

9. What is meant by rectifier efficiency?

This is a figure used as a measure of merit to compare rectifiers. The rectifier efficiency is defined as,

= DC power delivered to the load

AC input power from transformer secondary

10.What is full-wave rectifier?

A rectifier circuit, which converts both positive and negative half cycle of the input AC voltage into useful DC voltage, is known as full wave rectifier.

11.Write down the ripple factor and efficiency of the full-wave and half wave rectifier circuits.

Full wave rectifier:

Ripple factor: 0.482

Efficiency: 81.2% Half wave rectifier:

Ripple factor: 1.21

Efficiency: 40.6%

12.What are all the drawbacks of a full wave rectifier?

The draw \backs of full wave rectifier are,

i. centre tapped transformer is required.

ii. Diodes having twice the PIV rating are necessary in this rectifier.

13.What are all the advantages of bridge rectifier circuit?

The advantages of bridge rectifier circuit are,

i. The transformer utilization factor is high (0.812)

ii. It is suitable for large amount of DC power circuits.

iii. The peak inverse voltage across each diode is the peak Vm

only not 2Vm as in the case of two diode rectifier.

14.What is the average DC output voltage obtained in the bridge rectifier circuit, and full wave rectifier circuit?

The DC output voltage of the bridge rectifier circuit is given by, Vdc = 2Vm / - Idc(2Rf)

The DC output voltage of the full wave (two diode) rectifier circuit

is given by,

Vdc = 2Vm / { (1+Rf/RL)}

Rf = Diode forward resistance

RL = Load resistance

15. What are all the disadvantages of half wave rectifier?

The disadvantages of half wave rectifier are, i. Excess ripple (r=1.21)

ii. Low rectification efficiency (40.6%)

iii. Low transformer utilization factor.

iv. DC saturation of transformer secondary winding.

16.Define transformer utilization factor of a rectifier circuit.

The transformer utilization factor TUF is defined as,

TUF = DC power delivered to the load

AC rating of the transformer secondary

17.What is filter circuit?

Filter circuits are used to reduce the rectifier output ripple. Either bypassing the AC output components around the load by a shunt capacitance or limiting this magnitude to a low value in the load by a series inductance or a combination of these two for more efficient circuits achieves this.

18. What are all the different types of filters?

The different types of filters are, i. Capacitor filter

ii. Series inductor filter

iii. LC filters

1. Capacitance input filter

2. Inductance input filter. iv. RC filters.

19.How ripples are minimized in the capacitor filters?

In these types of filters a high value of capacitor is placed across directly to the load resistor. This capacitor gets charged during the conduction period of the rectifier and when Vm decreases C gets discharged through RL with a time constant CRL. The capacitor offers only low impedance of 1/2 fc. this ripple component of current gets bypassed through ‘C’

20.What are all the advantages and disadvantages of capacitor filters?

The advantages of capacitor filters are, At high loads,

i. Small ripple voltage,

ii. High output voltage. The disadvantages are,

i. Poor regulation.

ii. High peak diode current.

21.Why we go for LC filter?

The simple shunt capacitor filter reduces ripple voltage but increase the current through the diode. This large current may damage the diode. The simple L filter reduces both peak value of output

current and output voltage. So we go for LC filters. This LC filters causes enough removal of ripple and restriction on the diode current.

22.Write the average DC voltage and ripple factor of the capacitor filter rectifier circuits.

The average DC voltage of the capacitor filter rectifier circuit is given by,

Vdc = V m-Idc/4fC

Where f = Power line frequency.

C= Filter capacitor.

The ripple factor of the capacitor filter rectifier circuit is given by, r = Idc/(4 3 fCRL)

23.Write the average DC voltage and ripple factor of the inductor filter circuit.

The average DC voltage of the inductor filter circuit of given by, Vdc = (2Vm/ ) - IdcR

The ripple factor of the inductor filter circuit is given by, r = RL/(16000 L)

24.What are all the merits and demerits of CLC filter?

The merits of CLC filter are,

i. Higher Dc voltage approximating Vm

ii. Smaller ripple factor.

The demerits of CLC filter are, i. Poor voltage regulation.

ii. Higher peak inverse voltage. iii. High peak diode current.

25.What is voltage multiplier circuit?

Voltage multiplier circuits have the capable of delivering a DC

voltage two or more times the peak value Vm of the applied AC voltage.

26.Name the commonly used voltage multiplier circuits

The commonly used voltage multiplier circuits are, i. Voltage doublers

ii. Voltage quadruples iii. Voltage tripler

27.What does voltage regulator mean?

An electron, which keeps the output voltage constant irrespective of the variation in load current, line voltage and temperature is known

as electronic voltage regulator.

28.Which characteristic of the zener diode is useful for voltage regulation?

The reverse bias characteristic of zener diode is useful in voltage regulation. Since in the reverse biased condition, at the breakdown voltage Vz, its reverse voltage remains constant for a large variation of the reverse current.

29.What is the meant by load regulation and line regulation of a powe supply?

Load regulation

The ability of the power supply to maintain the constant DC

output voltage for a wide variation in load current is called load regulation.

Line regulation

The ability of the power supply to maintain the constant output voltage for the input supply fluctuations for a constant load is called line regulation.

30. What is the main difference between LPS and SMPS?

In the case of LPS, it has the voltage control element (transistor or zener diode), which dissipates the power equal to the voltage difference between an unregulated input voltage and a fixed output voltage multiplied by the current flowing through it. In the case of SMPS, the switching regulator acts as a variable power converter and also non-dissipative type regulator.

31.What are all the advantages of SMPS?

The advantages of SMPS are,

i. Efficiency is high because of less heat dissipation.

ii. As the transformer size is very small. It will have a compact unit.

iii. Isolation from main supply without the need of large main transformer.

iv. Very low ripple i.e., almost zero ripple factor, pure DC


v. Better voltage regulation vi. Higher TUF.

32.What are the disadvantages of series inductor filter?

The disadvantages of series inductor filter are, i. Ripple increases with load resistance.

ii. It requires a high input voltage of transformer for a given

DC output and this will increase the cost of the unit. iii. Inductor is also expensive and bulky.

33.What are the advantages of shunt capacitor filter?

The advantages of shunt capacitor filter are,

i. Low ripple voltage for small load currents.

ii. Output voltage is high for small load currents.

34.What are the disadvantages of shunt capacitor filter?

The disadvantages of shunt capacitor filter are, i. Voltage regulation is relatively poor.

ii. High ripple voltage for large load current.

iii. Peak diode current may damage the diodes.

35.Give the expression for ripple factor of L filter in FWR.

The ripple factor of L filter in FWR is expressed as, r = RL/(3 (2 L))

36.Give the expression for ripple factor of FWR with shunt capacitor filter.

The ripple factor of FWR with shunt capacitor filter is expressed as,

r = 1/(2 3(fCRL))

37.What is bleeder resistor?

Bleeder resistor is a fixed resistor connected across the filter output terminals to provide a minimum load across the rectifier. The

main job of this resistor is to maintain the minimum current required for optimum inductor operation.

38.What is SMPS?

SMPS stands for Switched Mode Power Supply. The SMPS does

not use a transformer at the input, but operates directly from mains at a supply frequency of 50Hz. The AC main is directly rectified and filtered and the DC voltage so obtained is then used as an input to a switching type DC-to-DC converter.

39.List the advantages of zener regulator.

The advantages of zener regulator are, i. It is small and light weight.

ii. It provides voltage regulation over a wide range of current.

40.List the disadvantages of zener regulator.

The disadvantages of zener regulator are, i. Circuit is expensive and complex.

ii. Radio frequency due to ON OFF switching.

41.What is the need of filter in power supply?

Filter can be used to remove unwanted AC ripple component present in the pulsating DC.

42.Compare LMPS and SMPS.






The Control element is operated in active region

It needs bulky components like transformer.

It is operated in very low

frequency such as f=50Hz, hence heavy filtering is needed.


The control element is operated in cut off or

saturation region.

It does not require transformer

It is operated at high frequencies hence less

filtering is required.

43.Define ripple factor.

The output of the rectifier is pulsating DC type. The amount of AC content in the output can be mathematically expressed by a factor called ripple factor.

44. Write the expressions for the ripple factor of capacitor input and LC


The ripple factor of capacitor input filter is given by, r = 1/(4 3(fCRL))

The ripple factor of LC filter is given by, r = 1/(6 2( 2LC))

45.What are the advantages, applications and limitations of voltage multipliers?


The important advantages of multipliers are the use of clamping action to increase the peak-rectified voltage without increasing the

rating of the input transformer. This is economical. The centre tap transformer is also not required in the multiplier circuit. Applications

The multipliers are used in TV receivers and cathodes ray tube

anode voltages.


If we add more and more stages of diode and capacitor are added to chain the output voltage keeps on falling substantially.

46.What are the factors that define the safe operating area (SOA) of the transistor?

The factors which define the safe operating area (SOA) of the transistor


i. Maximum collector current Ic max rating.

ii. Maximum collector to emitter voltage Vce max rating iii. Maximum power dissipation PD max rating

iv. Maximum junction temperature v. Second breakdown

47.What is meant by second breakdown in a transistor?

The second breakdown is a phenomenon which results from the formation of hot spots within the transistor that causes unbalanced sharing of the total load among the different parts of the transistor.

48.Write the applications of SCR.

The applications of SCR are,

i. It can be used as a rectifier element like diode to convert

AC signals to DC signals.

ii. It is used to control the average power delivered to the load by means of its switching property.

49.How SCR is used for DC power control?

By controlling the instant of turning ON the SCR, the average power delivered to the load can be controlled.

The average value of the output voltage in SCR half wave rectifier is given by,

50.Define firing angle of SCR.

The angle of the input cycle at which the SCR is turned ON is known as firing angle.

51. Draw the AC power control circuit using SCR.?

The firing angle for both the SCRs is controlled by the gate circuit in their respective half cycles.

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